Parental abductions of our children are not only heartbreaking, they are criminal acts which have a most adverse effect on our children and our society. They also have an adverse effect on our legal system as a whole. When these illegal actions take place and the law is not adhered to, one must wonder, what good is the law? Which laws should we abide by and which laws should we ignore?
I believe that if any laws are going to be adhered to, those concerning our children and their human rights should be of paramount concern. Our children look to us, the adults to guide, protect, support and love them. When we allow their abuse by not upholding the laws instituted to protect them, we are doing a terrible injustice to our children.
As of late, we have been hearing more and more about our children being abducted to Japan. I thought I would follow up with a little about the law and the legality of these abductions.
As you are aware, Countries who have signed the Hague Convention on Parental kidnappings have done so with the understanding that they will abide by the guidelines with the Hague and work to return kidnapped children back to their home country.
Japan has signed the Hague Convention but they did not do so until 2014. This late signing, they state, affords them the right to ignore any and all Parental kidnappings before the signing on what we recognize as April Fools Day, April 01, 2014.
As a matter of record, the United States signed the Hague Convention in 1994…
What are your views? Should Japan ignore all Parental Kidnappings pre-04-01-2014?
Here is an article on one father’s fight to be reunited with his children who were abducted to Japan. In the article, this father states that he believes the issue is of a cultural nature in that Japanese mothers and Japan as a whole believes that mothers should be the only caregivers of children and a father’s focus should be on working to provide for the mother and her children. I had dated a Japanese woman for several years and I must concur, I have also had extensive conversations with women in Japan on this subject and they felt very strongly as well, a Japanese fathers job is merely to work and provide for the mother whose only job is to care for the children.
The actual father in this article, Bruce Gherbetti also shared with me this link to a law firm which is very familiar with the matter and Japan’s violation of the Hague Convention on Parental Kidnappings. Here is that link full of invaluable information.